Marked Woman

Inspired by Thomas Dewey’s indictment of Lucky Lucianoat a trial where many prostitutes who suffered at the gangster’s hands testified against himthis gritty 1937 Warners crime movie is one of the least compromised melodramas of the period in expressing solidarity with women. Costarring Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart, written by Robert Rossen and Abem Finkel, and directed by Lloyd Bacon, it’s one of the key films discussed in the 1995 video documentary Red Hollywood, and it packs a serious punch. With Jane Bryan, Eduardo Cianneli, and Isabel Jewell. 99 min. (JR)

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